CEDAR CANYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HOME OF THE FALCONS FEBRUARY
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CEDAR CANYON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HOME OF THE FALCONS MARCH 2009 NEWSLETTER 15011 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46845 Phone: 637-6101 MARK YOUR CALENDAR March 2 Teacher In-Service Day – No Student Attendance March 2 School Board Meeting @ Huntertown 11:30am March 3 ISTEP Testing Begins March 3 Hoops for Heart Assembly in Gym @ 1:30pm March 4 All School Skating Party – Sponsored by Student Council 6-8:00pm March 9 PTO Meeting in Cafeteria March 11 End of 3rd 9-Weeks March 11 – 13 Student Showcase Projects on Display Throughout the Building March 11 ISTEP Testing Ends March 13 Falcon Frenzy 6:30pm March 16 School Board Meeting 7:00pm March 17 Kindergarten Round-Up in Gym @ 6:30pm March 17 Market Day Pick-Up March 18 4th Grade Roller Coaster Rally March 19 Spring Pictures March 21 – 22 FAME Festival @ the Grand Wayne Center March 23 – 26 Fine Arts Week March 23 Gallery Night March 26 All School Assembly – The “Dazzling Mills Family” in the Gym 1:30 – 2:15 March 27 – April 5 Spring Break – Students Return to School April 6 DUE TO THE SCHOOL CANCELLATION ON FEBRUARY 26, 2009, SCHOOL WILL NOW BE IN SESSION ON JUNE 2, 2009 Please Beware! When you are dropping your child off or picking up please be aware that there are people crossing the drive. This is especially true in the morning. We had a near miss recently when one of our staff members was almost hit. Also, please do not let your child get out or in on the driver’s side of the car. There are times when someone is coming in the left lane and may not see a child getting out of or into the car. This can be awkward when kids have to climb over car seats with siblings, but safety trumps awkward every time. Finally, if your child has to come back into the building, please get out of the car and watch him or her cross the drive. Despite the hours we spend teaching kids how to cross the street, they run across the drive with nary a look in either direction. The older the kid the less he or she looks. A huge thank you to everyone for your signs! It is so helpful to me and so necessary when someone is subbing for me!!! Keep up the good work. Mrs. Swihart Principal’s Message Well, Mother Nature has been frowning on us, and as a result we will be extending the school year. Currently, as I type this, June 2 will be our last day. We have a number of events on tap for this month. March 13th is our Falcon Frenzy night. It is also the open house for our Student Showcase. March 19th is the day for our Spring Pictures. And finally, March 23 is our Gallery Night which kicks off our Fine Arts Week. This year’s Gallery Night will have a “Jeans” theme following the trend of the Fort Wayne Ballet and Philharmonic to have Jeans nights; it should be a great night. Kindergarten Round‐up will be March 17 @ 6:30pm. If you or anyone you know is sending a Kindergarten student our way, please contact Mrs. Lowden in the office to be put on our mailing list. We are still offering Full Day Kindergarten at Arcola. Cedar Canyon parents that are interested in Full‐Day Kindergarten should attend our Round‐up and sign‐up for it then. There will be a meeting in the future at Arcola for anyone that is going to be in the program. This year’s calendar provides additional days before both Thanksgiving vacation and Spring Break. These days were added to help with family travel arrangements and to improve the district’s attendance by eliminating the two days with the worst attendance. Please use these days in the spirit in which they were added. If the days before them become abused, the School Board has indicated that they will return to the old schedule. Just a reminder that NACS policy grants 5 excused vacation days per year. Please complete a vacation request form prior to your vacation. Any homework missed will be given to the child upon return to school. Please remember that if you have a change of plans regarding your child’s transportation home we need to know before 2:00. After 2:00 it becomes too hectic to guarantee that everyone who needs to know about the change does. Also, please review your Just‐in‐Case instructions with your children and make changes as necessary with their teachers. REMINDER TO PARENTS: NOTES TO SCHOOL (OTHER THAN VACATION NOTES) SHOULD NOT BE SENT IN ADVANCE. THE NOTES SHOULD PERTAIN TO THE DAY SENT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP. The PPSG (PEAK Parent Support Group) will once again be sponsoring a Guest Speaker. Please feel free to join us, even if you don't have a current PEAK student. "Parenting the Gifted Child" by Dr. Nancy Bangel Thursday, March 19th, 7:00 PM in the Cedar Canyon Cafeteria Dr. Nancy Bangel is an assistant professor in the School of Education at IPFW. She is finishing her second year at IPFW having come from Purdue University. At Purdue, she was a coordinator in the Gifted Education Resource Institute and coordinated the Super Saturday, Super Summer, and Summer Residential Programs. Currently she teaches Educational Psychology courses for the elementary education undergraduates and summer graduate students at IPFW. The presentation she plans to give is fairly generic. She will discuss some of the differences you have as parents of gifted children. She will discuss some avenues you have for meeting the unique needs of your children and the importance of having groups like the PEAK parent group for support and information. Kindergarten Round-Up Cedar Canyon Elementary March 17 6:30 pm Cedar Canyon Elementary is presently taking names and addresses of those students who will be attending Kindergaren in 2009-10. If you have a child, or know of someone who has a child, who will be 5 years old on or before August 1st, 2009, please contact CCE at 637-6101, to be placed on the mailing list for information on the Cedar Canyon Kindergarten Round-Up. The enrollment form, required health forms and other pertinent information pertaining to kindergarten will be mailed out in early March. If you aren’t sure which elementary school attendance area you live in, please contact the NACS Transportation Department at 637-6165. Counselor’s Corner If your child has access to the internet, hold up your hand. That includes many parents today. The internet is a marvelous tool that can access everything from information on pandas in China to the latest songs to breaking news. Most of us use it everyday. As wonderful as the internet is, it can also be full of pitfalls for kids. The anonymity that it affords makes it possible for kids to pretend to be someone or something they are not; it provides an opportunity for encounters that include rumors, bullying, and taunts; materials with graphic or violent images or words that can make their way into your home. Dr. David Walsh of the National Institute on Media and the Family, (www. Mediawise.org) provides tips for parents that will help them to ensure the internet experiences their children have are positive. -Set ground rules for content: kid friendly sites only/block sites that are for older kids/adults (if you don’t how, enlist the help of another parent who is computer savvy) - Set a weekly time limit - Get to know the sites your kids frequent. Visit and set up a profile if necessary -Talk to your kids about what they are doing and seeing on the internet -Ask about the people they may meet on the internet -Be sure that the computer is in a family area not in the child’s room. Kids need to know that mom or dad may walk by and look over their shoulder anytime. -Be sure that online profiles don’t reveal personally identifying information -Let your kids know that any type of online harassment, bullying, rumor spreading will not be tolerated and will result in loss of computer privileges You would not let your child wander around town unsupervised; don’t let him/her wander the internet either. FINE ARTS WEEK 2009 Our school district has a great appreciation for the arts! Fine Arts Week is dedicated to providing experiences outside of the Related Arts curriculum. During Fine Arts Week, students will have the opportunity to work with professionals and individuals from the community related to Physical Education, Music and Art. Monday, March 23rd from 5:30-7:30 is Blue Jean Night! Come back to school in your favorite denim as we turn Cedar Canyon into an arts event with music, the Falcon Flyers Jump Rope team performances and a school-wide art exhibit. The music presentation with 5th grade, Choir and the Falcon Flyers will begin at 6:15. All K-5 students will be exhibiting art work throughout the building. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Monday, March 23rd: ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY (AM) & 1st Grade 8:45-9:45 STAFF & STUDENT ALL STAR GAME Students and staff will be participating in basketball skill competitions and games. 1st GRADE ART: Justin Johnson, The Art of Dr. Seuss PE: Danielle Irons, Electric Blue MUSIC: Christy Miller, ACPL Storyteller 5:30-7:30 Blue Jean Night! Tuesday, March 24th: K, 2nd & 4th Grades 2nd GRADE 4th GRADE ART: ACPL Caldecott Books ART: John Hartman, Video Artist PE: Macedonian Folk Dancing with Donna Tigulis PE: Karate with Gregg Hoffman MUSIC: Larry Ford, Music with household items MUSIC: Ann Donner, Recorder AM & PM KINDERGARTEN DANCE PARTIES Wednesday, March 25th: 3rd & 5th Grades 3rd GRADE 5th GRADE ART: Logan Bier from RAY MODERN ART: Rich Yates, Screenwriting & Movies PE: Hip-Hop Dance with Cristina Ray PE: YMCA Lacrosse MUSIC: Fred Meads, Vocal Techniques MUSIC: Brandon Ford, Guitar Thursday, March 26th ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES 12:00-12:45 Carroll High School Show Choir (Grades K, 3, 4 and 5) FINE ARTS WEEK FINALE 1:30-2:15 Mills Family Circus We hope these experiences enrich the life long learners at Cedar Canyon. Mr. Tigulis, Mrs. Slone & Mrs. McFarren Music Notes Monster Band is practicing for the Hoops for Heart Assembly on March 3rd. We are learning pep band tunes to provide the entertainment for the event. Instruments can be decorated with school colors for the performance! We’re going to have a rockin’ good time! Monster Band will also begin preparing to be part of the First and Third Grade program at the end of April, so you should start hearing more new tunes during practice time at home. Fifth Grade and Choir will be performing for Blue Jean Night during Fine Arts Week. ALL Fifth Grade Students will be performing! They will need to be in their respective class rooms by 6:00pm on March 23rd. The Music and PE presentations will begin in the Gym at 6:15pm. Students are to wear nice blue jeans and a white, collared shirt. Come enjoy an evening of music, jump rope and artwork! Please also mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Thursday, April 30th :: 1st, 3rd & Monster Band Program Monday, May 4th :: Grades 2-5 Falcon Idol Auditions and Talent Sharing Friday, May 22 :: FALCON IDOL :::WE DID IT::: OVER $5,000 Way to go Falcons! Cedar Canyon raised $5,173.56 for the American Heart Association through Hoops for Heart. Students can anticipate receiving their thank you gifts in 6 weeks. Thanks to all students who participated. Special Thanks to the following students: Damon Nicholas raised $550.00 Samantha Baker raised $341.50 Brittany Meyer raised $210.00 Grace Hinrichs raised $200.00 Claire McDonald raised $165.00 Logan Lew raised $150.00 On a side note: Students don’t forget to pick up your March calendar for your push-up and cardio club! Wednesday, March 4 6:00-8:00 PM Cost - $3.50 At Roller Dome North 444 W. Coliseum Sponsored by C.C. Student Council Students, bring in your dollar(s) to help purchase “Books from the Heart” for Kate’s Kart Kate’s Kart is a program that provides free books for hospitalized children in our area. Collection will run March 9-13. For every $1.00 collected, your grade will receive one paper shamrock. It will be fun to see which grade will have the longest train of shamrocks.